GHANA’S PEACEKEEPERS IN SOUTH SUDAN RELIEVED BY NEW UNIT AS THEY COMPLETE TOUR OF DUTY

ACCRA, The Ghana Battalion 5 (GHANBATT 5) contingent of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), who has completed their tour of duty with the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS), has handed over its command and responsibilities its relieving unit, GHANBATT 6,f in Bentiu, South Sudan.

A GAF statement said here Tuesday that on March 19 2018, GHANBATT 6, led by commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel Albert Sison Ogaja of the First Infantry Battalion at Camp, Tema, arrived in South Sudan and on March 29, 2018 the command changed hands to assume full responsibilities of their part of the multinational peacekeeping mission.

GHANBATT 5, comprising about 700 officers and men, including 57 women, led by Lt-Col Andrew Kofi Oduah, was under the UNMISS mandate for a period of one year and successfully kept the charge and had been duly awarded honours by the United Nations on Jan 28 2018.

GHANBATT has a current mandate of protecting more than 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered at the UN Protection of Civilians site near the UN base in Bentiu.

The statement said UNMISS is the newest United Nations peacekeeping mission for the Republic of South Sudan, which became independent on July 9 2011. The Mission, established on July 8, 2011 by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1996 (2011), comprises 12,523 total personnel (11,350 military and 1,173 police) and is headquartered in the South Sudanese capital of Juba.

Source: Nam News Network